The level of form shown by BARADAR suggests that he has been found a good opportunity to successfully defy a penalty. Those with experience will need significant improvement if they are to challenge the selection, with Emperor Supreme perhaps the pick of them ahead of Le Cheval Rapide. Candace and Charming Look are interesting newcomers.
A tough race to call and the suggestion is BLISTERING BARNEY, who has been showing a little improvement of late and acts on soft ground. Dutch Coed is a possible danger while Mac Ailey and Paddyplex should again be thereabouts.
Rum Runner is in good heart and looks a contender along with Fox Kasper, but the suggestion is FIVE DIAMONDS, who handles soft ground, has slipped to a workable mark and has shaped as though the return to 1m2f will suit. Jamil and El Jefe could also make their presence felt.
Older horses have won four of the last five runnings but there’s a strong 3yo representation this time and the younger generation is taken to hold sway. There’s still a feeling that Khaloosy will fully confirm the promise of his wide-margin Britannia win at some stage but MY OBERON has beaten him fair and square the last twice so has to be the call.
The draw hasn’t traditionally been a big factor in this race but it’s worth bearing in mind that the stands’ rail seemed to offer an advantage on a rain-hit card here last week and wet weather is forecast again.
SHARK TWO ONE, who should be more towards the near side from 20, already has one valuable prize to his name this autumn and should have more to offer, particularly back at this bare 6f, so he’s the suggestion to enhance Richard Fahey’s very good recent record in this.
Uncle Jumbo and Lullaby Moon are a couple of obvious ones among those drawn low, while all-the-way Doncaster nursery winner Spright is also respected off one of the lower weights. The selection’s stablemate Blind Beggar is one who could go well at likely bigger odds.
This looks a strong race for the grade. Cornerstone Lad returns from 207 days off but this smart hurdler was successful on his last Flat run and is a fascinating contender off a very dangerous mark. Nikolayeva has resumed her progress with wins at Catterick and Wolverhampton and is strongly respected, but slight preference is for BEN LILLY, who extended his winning sequence when beating a clear second at Musselburgh last Sunday and may be able to defy a penalty.
There was plenty to like about how Cassy O was able to win twice in as many days at Ayr and Tim Easterby’s gelding should again be thereabouts, but preference is for JOHN LOCKE, who can probably act in the conditions and may have scope for more improvement. Spiorad and Barossa Red are both respected as well.
The most striking contender is the progressive hat-trick seeker SHEPHERDS WAY (nap), who produced a surging run to score in good style at Haydock last time. Afandem and Intrinsic Bond are feared most, though Fantasy Keeper showed signs of a revival on ground quicker than ideal last Saturday and looks interesting on this big drop back in grade. Others to keep an eye on are Ey Up Its Mick and the unexposed handicap newcomer Silver Sniper.
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